Skip to comments.Putin submits federal constitutional law on Crimea’s integration into Russia to State Duma
Posted on 03/19/2014 2:10:18 PM PDT by goldstategop
MOSCOW, March 19, ITAR-TASS/. Crimea and the port city of Sevastopol, which are now parts of Russia, will receive the status of a republic and a city of federal significance, respectively, judging from the draft of a federal constitutional law On Adoption of the Republic of Crimea into Russia and the Formation of New Constituent Entities - the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city of federal significance, in the territory of Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted the bill to the Russian State Duma on Wednesday March 19 .
The names of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol will be included in part 1 Article 65 of the Russian Constitution.
Under the Russian Constitution, amendments to Article 65 that defines Russias territorial framework will be included in the fundamental law on the basis of a federal constitutional law on adopting a new constituent entity into Russia and changing its constitutional and legal status.
The presidential bill says that Crimea joined Russia following the results of the March 16 referendum on Crimeas status in which most people voted for Crimeas re-unification with Russia with the rights of a constituent entity; the Declaration of Independence of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as well as the Treaty for Crimeas re-unification with Russia and the creation of two new constituent entities in its territory as well as the initiatives of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city of federal significance, to join Russia.
The bill says that the Republic of Crimea becomes part of Russia since the day the Treaty on re-unification was signed.
The Republic of Crimea has three official state languages: Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar.
The bill also suggests setting the territorial boundaries of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol and recognizing citizens of Ukraine and persons without citizenship who permanently reside in the territories of Crimea and Sevastopol as Russian citizens.
The document also regulates the formation of state power bodies in the new constituent entities and the functioning of local self-government bodies in their territories as well as other issues linked to the integration of Crimea and Sevastopol into the Russian economic, financial, credit and legal systems.
The draft law provides for a transitional period that ends on January 1, 2015.
The explanatory note to the document says that it takes account of the principles of Russias federative form of government, human rights and civil liberties as well as historical and cultural bonds linking Russias constituent parts and their socio-economic opportunities.
Appropriations to finance the implementation of the constitutional law will be made from the federal budget.
“Along with the treaty to be ratified, a corresponding constitutional amendment will also be made to Article 65 of Russia’s Constitution listing the names of the new federal subjects to be admitted along with their jurisdiction and transitional provisions.”
Russia also announced that will give Crimea $4 billion in the new Russian budget, according to Vladimir Osakovskiy, chief economist for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States at Bank of America Corp. in Moscow. They have already advanced $405 million to Crimea for current needs.
That amount includes $2 billion to replace funds from Ukraines budget and raise wages and pensions to the Russian level (which means about 100% increase, compared with Ukrainian pensions and wages), as well as much as $1.5 billion to $2 billion for infrastructure upgrades, Osakovskiy said.
My guess that this is part of the aid of $15 billion Russia promised to Ukraine before the coup d’etat in Kiev.
Oops , I’ve forgotten to add that Russias current average pension of about 10,000 rubles ($300) versus $160 in Ukraine and average wages of about 33,000 rubles ($1000) a month, versus $500 per month in Ukraine.
The Crimeans will see their average income doubled.
Some will compare this to the cost of German reunification but I think from Russia’s standpoint, in the long run it will be worth it.
Crimea has huge potential in terms of oil and gas and tourism.
For a lot of voters, pocketbook issues sold them on reunification with Russia.
Every one is expecting a marked improvement in their lives. Not just supporters but also opponents of the Russian annexation.
It remains to be seen the extent to which Russia will be able to keep its promises.
“It remains to be seen the extent to which Russia will be able to keep its promises.”
Oh yes, they can. The balance sheet is of $200 billion surpluss (some $580 billion export versus $350 billion import), so they can afford spending 2-3% of it on Crimea.
Russia will also start soon the building of a 3 mile long bridge between the peninsula and the mainland at Kerch (the extreme eastern point), estimated at $3 billion. Prime Minister Medvedev signed already the executive order. That will bring new jobs too.
You’re not American so it’s an simple question; where you from and why do you hate the US so much?
Kerch bridge will be designed for cars and trains. The project worth about $3 billion would be implemented in private-state partnership, he said. On Tuesday, the Transport Corridor across the Kerch Strait affiliate of Russian Highways State Company AVTODOR announced a tender for engineering survey for the bridge, which will cost 384 million rubles. More than 10 companies have already snowed interest in the tender. This is the approved project:
Marguerite is a real piece of anti-american trash. Check out this...
“USNATO can still keep the little leaders gnomes like Camerons, Hollandes ank Tusks under their thumb, but the peoples of Europe hate their guts and want only one thing; that the warmongering US, CIA and their Blackwater thugs go back to America and never return. It happened before to hear it, isn’t so? When Charles de Gaulle ordered the evacuation of all US military bases from France, people chanted “Yankees, go home!”.
If you think that Europeans forgot your barbaric bombings in Yugoslavia, you’re deadly wrong. THE LAST THING Europe wants is a shodown with Russia. And for your information, Europe continent ends at Ural Mountains, Moscow, St.Petersburg, Nijni Novgorod and Archangels are European cities! They won’t build Europe against Russia, but WITH Russia. Ukraine IS in Europe, 7,000 miles away from US. I really don’t see how it’s America’s business. Besides, Ukraine isn’t even a member of NATO, they must get the hell out of there.”
Yeah, it’s ridiculous just how much he’s been getting away with. Every single one of his posts is him defending Russia and trashing Americans.
He was copying and pasting garbage from Alex Jones website (which is banned here) until I called him out on it. He’s flown off to another thread every time he’s been challenged. He consistently defends Russian propaganda outlets as a source of legitimate news.
No doubt he realized that continuing to copy and paste content from Alex Jones website would quickly get him zotted, so he pushes what he thinks he can get away with.
His recent posts are numerous (over 50+ posts just in the last 24 hours) and exclusively on issues where Russia has skin in the game. I don’t think there’s a single thing he’s said about Russia or Putin that is negative, or a single thing about America that could be called positive.
And it’s not just Crimea he’s been defending. He’s been defending Russia on its invasion of Georgia too. Glorifying Putin, defending Russia’s economy, downplaying Russia’s expansionist motives and breathlessly posting ‘good news’ coming out of Russia and all with a heavy dosing of America hating in between.
And probably with a masked Moscow IP.